Gerald Lee 'Gerry' Tompkins

Dec 11, 1925 - Jul 13, 2012


Gerald Lee Tompkins


Born in San Francisco, CA on December, 11, 1925 to Herman & Ruby Tompkins. At the age of 86, he passed peacefully on July 13, 2012 in Sacramento, CA, with his family by his side. He is survived by Minh, loving wife of 38 years, daughter Mai Linh, and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman & Ruby, brother Glen, and sister Juanita.

Gerry proudly and bravely served in the Marines during WWII, earning numerous combat decorations, including several Purple Hearts. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Industrial Engineering and began his career with the federal government at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. After a well-respected career of over 30 years in civil service, he retired from McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, CA. Gerry spent the next 29 years as the “best stay-at-home daddy in the universe” to daughter, Mai Linh. He was also a fishing aficionado, enjoying many trips to Lake Amador & Lake Camanche in CA with best friend, H.O. “Chic” Johnson.

He was a devoted husband, father, and friend, blessed with many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren whom he loved very dearly. His enduring strength, sharp wit, and compassionate heart will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The family will hold a Memorial Service at East Lawn Memorial Park at 9 am on 7/19/12, with reception to follow at 1 pm in his niece’s house in Natomas. Please share your stories and memories as we honor and celebrate his life in this online guestbook.

The Tompkins Family will plant a memorial community garden to celebrate the roots that Gerry helped to plant so deeply in our hearts. In lieu of floral arrangements, please consider sending everlasting gifts to grow such as your favorite plants, seeds, trees, and any other garden goods appropriate for Sacramento’s climate. (For more information, please e-mail“>

He always will be loved and remembered.


  • Karen Tompkins Zimmerman says:

    Even though I wasn’t raised by my dad and didn’t get to see him as often as I would have liked, I still love & miss him so much, and I’m very thankful for the times we did get to spend together. Some of my special memories started when I got to visit him for the first time at about 12 yrs old. I really got to know him & my stepmom, Minh, while they still lived in GA. Throughout the years, we visited each other several times. During his first visit to TX, he met my husband, we had Thanksgiving together, and he taught me how to make spring rolls, which he was surprisingly good at. About eight months later, he came back to see his new granddaughter, who had just been born two weeks earlier—this meant the world to me. During one of our several visits to CA, I got to meet my sweet half-sister, Mai Linh, for the first time when she was 11 yrs. old. I knew about her for only three years and was very excited to meet my “new” sister, especially since I was raised with three older brothers. We

  • Cristine Reed says:

    Leslie and I will so miss Gerry, her “other Dad”. He spoiled her terribly when she would hang out at your house with Mai Linh – feeding her endless bowls of Ramen noodles (her favorite). Leslie says her and Mai Linh’s “adventures” probably aged him many years. I especially appreciate the countless years of sharing school carpools with Gerry – I could always count on him to take “my turn” if something came up. He was truly a giving, generous friend to us and we will hold wonderful memories in our hearts forever.

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